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Ukraine promises more grain exports to African countries to tackle food crisis

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Ukraine has promised to send more grain to African countries in a bid to tackle growing food insecurity on the continent, the European country’s Foreign Minister, Dmytro Kuleba, said in Senegal on Tuesday as he begins a tour of selected African countries.

Kuleba who held meetings with Senegal’s President Macky Sall and Foreign Minister Aïssata Tall Sall in Dakar, said despite the war ravaging his country, that would not stop it from sending “boats full of seeds for Africa”.

“We will do our best until the last breath to continue exporting Ukrainian grain to Africa and the world for food security,” Kuleba said at a joint press briefing with Sall after the meeting.

“I do not come to Africa against anyone. We must strengthen our cooperation. Our future depends on the relationships we build and what happens every day.

“The Senegalese may be surprised if they listen to Russian propaganda. Russia wanted to make believe that the war is because Ukraine wants to be a member of NATO. Finland wants to be a member. And yet Russia did not attack it.

“Russia also believes that we are one people. This is not true. The language we speak is not the same. We have a different culture and a different people. If someone tries to impose a doctrine on you, you would reject it,” he added.

Since Russian-Ukraine war began in February, many African countries who depends on Ukraine for most of their wheat imports have been battling with shortages following blockades by Russia.

Many African nations have also maintained stoic neutrality in the war with more than 25 countries refusing to vote or abstaining from voting on United Nations resolution condemning the war earlier this year.

Senegal was among those that abstained with Sall who is the Chairperson of the African Union, telling the UN General Assembly last month that Africa “does not want to be the breeding ground of a new Cold War.”

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Israel-based oil and gas firm, NewMed, signs exploration deal with Morocco’s energy ministry

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Israel-based oil and gas firm, NewMed has signed a deal with Morocco’s energy and mining ministry and Adarco Energy for offshore natural gas exploration and production in Morocco.

NewMed made the announcement on Tuesday adding that it will collaborate with Adarco, and each will have a 37.5% stake in the Boujdour Atlantique licence.

NewMed CEO Yossi Abu said, “for a long time now we have recognised a huge potential in Morocco for collaborations in both the natural gas and renewable energy sectors.”

According to the deal, the remainder of 25% is granted to Morocco’s National Office of Hydrocarbons and Mines, in accordance with the Hydrocarbon Law of Morocco.

NewMed is the main stakeholder in Israel’s huge Leviathan offshore gas field and is looking to merge with Capricorn Energy to create a gas producer focused on Israel and Egypt.

Statista reports that in 2020, approximately 23.3 billion Moroccan dirhams (MAD) of gas and fuel oils were imported into Morocco. This was equivalent to 2.6 billion U.S. dollars and represented a decrease from the previous year when roughly 38.8 billion MAD (4.3 billion U.S. dollars) of oils were imported into the country.

Overall, Spain was the main trade partner in Morocco in terms of gas and fuel oil imports.

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Nigeria’s oil company, NNPC, signs separate gas pipeline deals with Ghana, Guinea, others

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Nigeria’s oil company, the NNPC have signed separate deals with the national oil companies of Ghana, Gambia, Guinea, Guinea Bissau and Sierra Leone in furtherance of the planned Nigeria-Morocco Gas pipeline project.

The Group Chief Executive Officer of the NNPC, Mele Kyari; highlighted the roles played by the participating countries to make the planned commencement of the project to fruition.

“Today, we will be attaining another feat by signing five MoUs with the national oil companies and relevant entities from Gambia, Ghana, Guinea, Guinea Bissau and Sierra Leone.

“From inception of the project to this stage, concerted efforts have been made by the governments of Nigeria and the Kingdom of Morocco, which led to the very commendable achievements recorded thus far.

“As the strategic vision of our great leaders gains momentum, I would like to express our appreciation to His Royal Majesty, King Mohammed VI of Morocco and His Excellency, President Muhammadu Buhari of Nigeria for entrusting NNPC Limited with this strategic project,” he stated.

He added: “NNPC Limited will facilitate the continuous supply of gas and provide other enablers such as the required land for the first compressor station to be deployed in Nigeria, which is among the 13 stations earmarked along the pipeline route.”

The Nigeria-Morocco gas pipeline mega-project had been first discussed during the official visit of King Mohammed VI of Morocco in December 2016 to President Buhari in Abuja.

Nigeria and Morocco signed MoU for the gas pipeline in September which would link Nigeria to Morocco as well as supply West Africa and Europe.

The Nigeria-Morocco gas pipeline mega-project had been first discussed during the official visit of King Mohammed VI of Morocco in December 2016 to President Buhari in Abuja.

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